Welcome to Hannah Howe’s website. Hannah is the bestselling author of the Sam Smith Mystery Series. Sam’s Song, book one in the series, reached number one on the amazon.com private detective chart on two separate occasions – July 2016 and January 2017. Furthermore, Sam’s Song has graced the top twenties in ten other countries.

“If you like psychological detective stories with a touch of humour and romance, you will love Sam Smith.”


Hi, my name is Hannah Howe and I write the Sam Smith Mystery Series. My books are published by Goylake Publishing and are available in print, as eBooks and as audio books. Reflecting my background, the Sam Smith books contain a mixture of mystery, psychology, humour and romance. Thanks for visiting my website, I hope you enjoy the content.

The Sam Smith Mystery Series is a character-driven series about Samantha Smith, a woman overcoming the effects of childhood trauma and an abusive ex-husband while trying to make a living as a private detective. The series explores a number of adult themes, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, drug addiction, racism and alcoholism.

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Currently, I am writing Mind Games, book eleven in the series, and researching material for books twelve, thirteen and fourteen. Plans are in place to take the series well into double figures and in that regard I am grateful to Goylake Publishing and my family for their support.

Many thanks to everyone who has entered Sam’s world. As you know, Sam rarely has an easy ride, but along the way I hope that we entertain you, occasionally amuse you and demonstrate that through good people and good intentions it is possible to make the world a better place. In essence, that is what the series is all about: a person enters Sam’s life with a problem and together they seek a solution. I write from life and seek to tackle some sensitive issues while remaining true to my favourite genre, the private detective novel.


What readers have been saying about the Sam Smith Mystery Series…

“Hannah Howe is a very talented writer.”

“I cannot recommend this author strongly enough.”

“A gem of a read.”

“The author has achieved something rather special in this series.”

“Sam is an endearing character. Her assessments of some of the people she encounters will make you laugh at her wicked mind. At other times, you’ll cry at the pain she’s suffered.”

“Sam is the kind of non-assuming heroine that I couldn’t help but love.”

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“Sam’s Song was a wonderful find and a thoroughly engaging read. The first book in the Sam Smith mystery series, this book starts off as a winner!”

“Sam is an interesting and very believable character.”

“Gripping and believable at the same time, very well written.”

“Sam is a great heroine who challenges stereotypes.”

“Hannah Howe is a fabulous writer.”

“I can’t wait to read the next in the series!”

“The Big Chill is light reading, but packs powerful messages.”

“This series just gets better and better.”

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“What makes this book stand well above the rest of detective thrillers is the attention to the little details that makes everything so real.”

“Sam is a rounded and very real character.”

“Howe is an author to watch, able to change the tone from light hearted to more thoughtful, making this an easy and yet very rewarding read. Cracking!”

“Fabulous book by a fabulous author – I highly recommended this series!”

“Howe writes her characters with depth and makes them very engaging.”

“I loved the easy conversational style the author used throughout. Some of the colourful ways that the main character expressed herself actually made me laugh!”

“I loved Hannah Howe’s writing style — poignant one moment, terrifying the next, funny the next moment. I would be on the edge of my seat praying Sam wouldn’t get hurt, and then she’d say a one-liner or think something funny, and I’d chuckle and catch my breath. Love it!”

“Sam’s Song is no lightweight suspense book. Howe deals with drugs, spousal abuse, child abuse, and more. While the topics she writes about are heavy, Howe does a fantastic job of giving the reader the brutal truth while showing us there is still good in life and hope for better days to come.”

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